One year ago today I was on cloud nine. It was announced that my book Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction was one of the three finalists for the prestigious $50,000 George Washington Book Prize offered jointly by the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience, Mount Vernon, and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.
Was America Founded as a Christian Nation did not win the prize (it went to Maya Jasanoff’s excellent Liberty’s Exiles), but I was flattered and humbled to have made the final cut. This was a big deal for me, Messiah College, and Westminster-John Knox Press. I think it was my editor Jana Riess who described it as a real “David and Goliath story.”
Today the batch of finalists for the 2013 GW Book Prize were announced. They finalists are:
Stephen Brumwell, George Washington: Gentleman Warrior
Brian Steele, Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood.
Congratulations and good luck to the finalists. I am sure that they will enjoy that reception and dinner at Mount Vernon in the Spring!